Today I read a blog post put up by writer James Scott Bell who was a feature presenter at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference this year. He, like the rest of us present at the conference, got to listen to the very entertaining writer Arthur Slade, as he lauded the concept and useage of the writing desk. [Art has since gone on to win the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award for his novel, THE HUNCHBACK ASSIGNMENTS — yay!]
Now, frequent readers of my blog will know that Art has served as inspiration in this writer’s office long before he was pitching his woo to other writers in Surrey. So…since I’ve crossed a[n imaginary] provincial border, and passed a bit of a mileage milestone, I thought it was time for an update!
As a reminder, I started this walking-while-I-work odessey last March, while awaiting surgery on the torn meniscus in my left knee. Mostly, the goal was to keep me out of my chair all the time, since running was no longer really an option, and my cardio workouts had been suffering. On a whim, I decided to take an imaginary stroll across the country, as a means of giving shape to my progress.
I had quite a lull in productivity over the summer [not indoors as much] and pre-surgery in the fall, but I’m happy to say that my physio has given me the go-ahead for a full return, and I’ve had a pretty good month so far, logging 105 km in November. This brings my official total up to just under 808 km since I started, which [along the more circuitous northern route] has landed me just inside the boundaries of Banff National Park. I’m in Alberta!
I’m pleased to report the treadmill seems to be holding up well, too.
Anyway, the word is getting out, and walk-working is getting more popular than ever. I’m still really enjoying myself! If you have any questions or your own experiences to share, feel free to add a comment below.
And Darby is going back out on the road again, too…she’ll have an update tomorrow on more far-flung winners of book prizes as she travels the country herself, doing all the legwork promoting FACING FIRE for us both!